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Deirdre Dougherty


Deirdre Dougherty

Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Dierdre Dougherty

General Interests: My research explores the historical origins of contemporary educational inequalities. My dissertation, "Making Race and Making Space" uses geography and theories of racial formation to think about how space and race were produced through desegregation policies in suburban Maryland between 1954 and 1980. Before earning my PhD, I taught 7th grade language arts and adult basic education in Maryland. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in El Salvador and Guatemala as well as in the United States. 

Years at Knox: 2018 to present

Ph.D., Education (Theory, Organization, and Policy), 2018, Rutgers University—New Brunswick
M.A., Latin American Studies/Anthropology, 2008, Georgetown University
B.A., Latin American Studies, 2005, Smith College. 

Selected Professional Accomplishments


Paul Trachtenberg, Ryan Coughlan, Allison Roda and Deirdre Dougherty. The Fertile Ground of School Integration: A Counter-Story to Segregated and Unequal Education, (Book under contract at Teacher’s College Press).

Deirdre Dougherty. “Urban Redevelopment, School Closure, and the Abstract Space of Black Schooling in Prince George’s County, Maryland, 1968” (2019) Journal of Urban History.

Deirdre Dougherty and Sean Leavey. “Feeling Busing: The Washington Post, Emotion, and Desegregation in Suburban Maryland, 1968-1973,” (2019) Media History.

Deirdre Dougherty and Beth Rubin “Learning the Colonial Past in a Colonial Present: Students and Teachers Confront the Spanish Conquest in Post-Conflict Guatemala.” Educational Studies 52(3), 1–21.

Deirdre Dougherty. "From Classrooms to the Streets: Trump, DeVos, and Denial of Racism." Mid-Atlantic Education Review (2017), 5(1).


Deirdre Dougherty “The Moral Geography of Busing: Prince George’s County, Maryland 1969 1973 Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, April 2019

Deirdre Dougherty “Pleasant Living Is an Everyday Fact of Life: School Desegregation in Suburban Maryland, 1950-1960 Paper presented at the History of Education Society Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 2018

Deirdre Dougherty. “A Genealogy of Danger: Some “Truths” about Desegregation in Suburban Maryland, 1967-2015” Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 2017

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